AC Joint Injury
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- What has happened?
- What should I expect?
- What should I do?
- What should I not do?
- Will I be followed up?
- What if I have concerns/questions?
What has happened?
- You have injured a small joint at the outer end of your collar bone (clavicle)
- This is a common injury, especially in sport, and usually heals very well without treatment
What should I expect?
- You may have a lump above your shoulder, which can be painful - this is normal and should settle with time, although may not completely disappear
- It will likely be painful over the first few days/weeks, and you will likely have difficulty moving your shoulder
- Depending on how severe your injury is, you might be able to return to your usual activities after a few days, if your injury is more serious, it might take weeks to months
What should I do?
- Take regular pain relief (e.g. paracetamol and ibuprofen) as needed
- Move your shoulder normally as much as pain allows - this will prevent your shoulder from getting stiff
- You can make an appointment with a physiotherapist who can provide exercises to improve strength and movement in your shoulder to aid recovery - take your ACC form/number with you
What should I not do?
- Avoid lifting heavy things initially
- Avoid contact sports for 2-4 weeks to prevent causing further injury
Will I be followed up?
- Not as this stage, these injuries usually heal well without further treatment
What if I have concerns/questions?
If your injury is not settling or you have other concerns, you should see your GP in the first instance - take your ACC form/number with you